When MCP are not carrying out maintenance services for Networks Homes’ residential properties, we love nothing more than being able to use our helping hands on ad-hoc projects and get involved with activities that give us a chance to meet and socialise with people in the community.

Since the start of the year, we’ve been involved in a mix of community projects involving paint, eggs and hearts – as you will see below:

A modern makeover for Burgage Court older persons’ independent living scheme

MCP look after the maintenance of Burgage Court, but when the Older Persons Team Leader asked us if we would help them to redecorate the communal lounge, toilets and office, we were more than happy to get involved.

To ensure that works were carried out to a high standard, MCP brought in professional decorators to carry out the task which took place between 12th and 14th April.  

The team did a fantastic job, and on completion of the decorating, Network Homes then fitted new carpets and styled the lounge with new furniture.

Now the residents can get together in a bright, fresh and comfy environment, and we were thrilled to be a part of the makeover.

We had a cracking time helping with an Easter egg hunt

Because to many of us Easter means chocolate, MCP were super keen to sponsor the Sele Farm Community hub Easter egg hunt.

The egg hunt took place in Thieves Lane Footpath. However, it took a team of volunteers to carry out a ‘Great British spring clean’ of the lane for over two days prior to the event to make sure that it was clean and safe for children and their families. 

On the day, children from the area had to scour the lane to find hidden egg tokens, bunnies, carrots and chicks. When they returned, they exchanged their tokens for an Easter egg, while relatives and carers sipped tea and ate hot cross buns.

In total, 200 eggs were donated; 140 were given to the children, the remaining 70 eggs were given to the local food bank for the Easter Holidays.

MCP happily donated 50 eggs and helped to hand them out and join in the fun. We also set up our awareness stand in the hub so that residents could ask us any questions about their property maintenance.

Around 250 people turned out on the day and it was a real pleasure to be among friends, colleagues and happy, smiling residents.

New defibrillator on its way

We all know that defibrillators save lives, so we were so pleased to find out that Sele Farm Community Hub had successfully been granted funding to install one in the shopping parade. 

Before the defibrillator can be officially used, it must be correctly installed by a qualified electrician, so MCP has offered to do this for them free of charge.

This is going to be a vital for local piece of equipment for the local people and will give many real peace of mind. 

An opening ceremony will take place following installation and we will share news of this when it happens.  

There are many big-hearted people in our community, including those in our own fantastic team. We will continue to do all that we can to support Network Homes and help bring more happiness to people in the community.